The Middle Half

October 9, 2021

  • Race Schedule and Timeline - all times CST

    • Wednesday, June 5 – Registration opens at 6:00 a.m.
    • Friday, October 9, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m – Packet Pickup.
    • Saturday, October 10
      • 5:30 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. – Packet Pickup
      • 6:50 a.m. – National Anthem
      • 6:55 a.m. – Wheelchair race start
      • 7:00 a.m. – Half Marathon start
      • 9:30 a.m. – Overall and Wheelchair winners announced
      • 10:00 a.m. – Masters, Grand Masters, age group winners announced
  • Awards

    • Overall Male & Female Winners
      • 1st, $500; 2nd, $250; 3rd, $150
    • Masters, Male & Female Winners
      • 1st, $125; 2nd, $100; 3rd, $75
    • Grand Masters, Male & Female Winners
      • 1st, $125; 2nd, $100; 3rd, $75
    • Wheelchair
      • 1st, $500
    • Course Record Bonus
      • $50
    • Age Group Awards, Male & Female, Top 3 Finishers
      • 19 and under
      • 20-24
      • 25-29
      • 30-34
      • 35-39
      • 40-44
      • 45-49
      • 50-54
      • 55-59
      • 60-64
      • 65-69
      • 70-74
      • 75-79
      • 80-84
      • 85+
      • All finishers will receive a commemorative race medallion, and all registrants will receive a gender-specific running shirt.
      • A runner wearing headphones and/or receiving aid (water, nutrition, medical) from a non-event official will be ineligible to receive a cash award.
      • Award winners are eligible for only one monetary prize, with the exception of the Course Record Bonus.
      • Awards will not be mailed. You must claim your award on race day or it will be forfeited.
      Timing Details

      All runners must wear their timing chip (which will be affixed to the back of their race bib/number) as instructed to be eligible for any award. Official results, Masters, Grand Masters and age group awards will be based on your Chip Time recorded with your timing chip. Overall Male and Female awards will be based on Gun Time. Results will be posted near the finish line after the race. Please notify a race official at the finish area if you feel your posted information is incorrect.

  • Packet Pickup and SWAG

    SWAG (Stuff We All Get)

    Race packets contain your bib number/timing device, safety pins, and souvenir technical race shirt.

    Where and When

    Packet Pickup Hours

    • Friday, October 8, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
      • 3050 Medical Center Parkway
      • Murfreesboro, TN 37129
    • Saturday, October 9, 5:30 a.m. – 6:30 a.m
      • Downtown Murfreesboro - Central Magnet School Gym
      • 701 E. Main St.
      • Murfreesboro TN
    Important Info

    Race packets must be picked up during official Packet Pickup days and hours. If you are unable to personally pick up your race packet, you may send a representative. The representative must bring a copy of your photo I.D. to the Packet Pickup location along with a note from you granting permission for them to obtain your Race Packet. Shirts will NOT be mailed if you or a representative are unable to pick up your race packet during official packet pickup times.

  • Key Drop

    Key Drop

    You may leave your keys and other small personal items with us for safe keeping during the race. There is a "Key Drop Off" tab on your race bib. You can leave that tab and your small personal items with our Key Drop volunteers at packet pickup on race morning. They will have you items near the finish line on the square after the race.

  • Water Stations and Nutrition Station

    Water Stations

    You will will pass water stations 10 different times during the run. The water station locations are listed below.

    Water Station Locations
    • Mile 2.5
    • Mile 3.5
    • Mile 4.5
    • Mile 5.6
    • Mile 6.8
    • Mile 7.9
    • Mile 8.6
    • Mile 9.6
    • Mile 11.4
    • Mile 12.2
    Nutrition Station

    The nutrition station will be located at approximately mile 9 on the course. The nutrition station will have bananas and oranges

  • Souvenir Race Shirts

    This year our souvenir race shirt will be a Brooks brand shirt.

    You may swap your race shirt for a different size during Packet Pickup if the size you want is available. Once Packet Pickup is officially over at 6:30 a.m. on race day, any remaining shirts will be available for swapping at the Packet Pickup area. Swapping must be complete by 11:00 a.m. on race day. Once the race is over, the 2021 shirts will be available for purchase only at next year’s event. Race shirts will NOT be mailed if you are unable to pick up your race packet during normal Packet Pickup hours.

  • Course Time Limit

    The following course time limits will be strictly enforced to ensure roads along the course reopen at the scheduled times.

    Athletes must be at Mile 6 no later than 96 minutes after the last person crosses the Start line (15-minute/mile average pace). Any participant not at Mile 6 within 96 minutes of the start will be returned to the finish area by race officials and will not be allowed to cross the finish line nor receive a finisher’s medal.

    The course will reopen to traffic as the roads are clear of participants. The entire course will reopen to traffic at 10:30 a.m. The race officially ends 3.5 hours after the start (gun time).

  • Age Limit

    You must be at least 14 years of age on race day to participate in the half marathon.

  • Walkers

    Walkers are welcome provided the course time limits are met. Walkers should line up at the back of the starting lineup behind the runners. As a courtesy, please move to the right side of the course to allow faster participants to pass. All walkers and runners must be at Mile 6 no later than 96 minutes after the start of the race. Any participant not at Mile 6 within 96 minutes of the start will be returned to the finish area by race officials, and will not be allowed to cross the finish line

  • Race Timing Information

    Your official time will be recorded by a highly accurate RFID timing chip which is attached to your runner bib number. The RIFD timing chip must be worn properly from the start to finish in order to receive an official finish time. Do not remove the timing from the bib. You must attach your bib to the front of your apparel before the start of the race. The timing device must be worn only by the participant to whom it was assigned.

    To ensure the most accurate results possible, make sure that:

    • Race bib is clearly visible on the front of your torso
    • Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
    • Race bib is pinned in all four corners
    • Race bib is not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)

    How does it Work?

    Your timing chip is registered with your information (name, age, gender, etc.) As you move across a special mat at the starting line, the timing chip registers that you’ve started the race. Your time will be registered again at multiple points on the course, and then at the finish. Be sure you cross over each of these special mats.

    Unable to finish the race?

    If you drop out of the race, please notify a course official. You will then be transported to the downtown area. Do NOT cross the finish line.

    Chip Time vs. Gun Time

    All results and awards, with the exception of the Overall Winners, will be based on your net, or “chip” time which is electronically recorded by your timing chip. Overall Winners will be determined by “gun time,” which is based on the time the gun goes off rather than when the runner crosses the start line.

  • Bib Numbers

    Do not sell or give away your bib number/registration. Registered athletes who sell or allow another runner to use their bib number may be banned from future Murfreesboro Half Marathon events. Particular participant information is attached to each bib number, and half marathon staff cannot be held responsible for medical liability or other error should a runner participate under another individual’s predetermined bib number.

    Bibs must be worn on the FRONT, visible at ALL TIMES while on the course for timing accuracy.

    Personalization (name, nickname, or team name) is available for your race bib, up to 14 characters. Personalization must be ordered at the time of registration.

  • Regulations

    The regulations outlined below are for the safety of all race participants. The Murfreesboro Half Marathon reserves the right to disqualify and remove anyone from the course who does not conform to these rules.

    Runner safety has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority for our event.

    The following items are not permitted on the course, including on the track at MTSU:

    • Pets
    • Baby/jogging strollers
    • Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades
    • Unregistered Runners
    • Shoes with springs or wheels


    Coaches or team leaders may NOT accompany their team on bicycles; they must be registered with bib numbers and begin the race at the start.

  • Headphones

    The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, the Murfreesboro Half Marathon encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of The Middle Half.

    We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line.